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7 Artists Take On The ‘Up’ Series (Slideshow)

Every seven years since 1964, Michael Apted has visited Up series participants to check in and find out how they're doing. We asked seven artists to create a visual representation of those years.

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1985 28 Up

John Sheridan

1985 by John Sheridan

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan led Great Britain and the United States respectively in 1985, while behind the Iron Curtain, Mikhail Gorbachev became the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

In Britain, a bitter, protracted miner’s strike ended with the Conservative government defeating the National Union of Mineworkers and going on to privatize major national industries.

In America, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. tops the charts, The Cosby Show was the most popular series on television and Rambo: First Blood II nearly swept the Razzie Awards with Worst Picture, Worst Actor, Worst Original Song and Worst Screenplay honors.

Artist: John Sheridan was born in Detroit and lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He works in several formats, including collage, and he is interested in developing an aesthetic that embodies solidarity with and analysis of his working class American upbringing. More of his work can be seen at

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Tristan Elijah Sauvageau

    disgusting that ‘Bridegroom’ wasnt included

  • Tom Roston

    Half are, half aren’t. And if you include IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? and SALINGER, then most of the snubs don’t apply to your analysis.